What a wild man, but a pretty good puppy overall, and certainly a cute one! Max did his first pet store visit on Sunday, where he covered everyone with kisses and had a wonderful time. This weekend he will stay with Heather and the girls, to continue his socialization. His first "sleepover"without a littermate for backup. No Dals at all in fact, as Gemma will be traveling with us to Indy, so he'll be interacting with a Lab and a large mixed breed, and the girls of course, who played with the pups a number of times. Max absolutely loves kids, thanks in part to all the great kids who visited the litter.
And we have a bitch to breed as well. This is the girl who was bred last fall using chilled semen shipments - and she did not conceive. The Vet who did the procedure was not a specialist, and I was disappointed but not surprised. This time she will be managed by a Repro Specialist, so hopefully things work out better. If the timing is wrong for sending fresh chilled shipments (if Argus is on his way to Indy), we'll send off some of the frozen semen we have "banked". I really don't have time for this, BUT my stud contract provides for a repeat breeding even if the missed breeding was a management issue, and I really want this bitch to have pups by Argus. Although fresh chilled breedings are handier than having to entertain a visiting bitch, the stud dog owner loses control of the timing, and with these breedings timing is everything.